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the two men spoke was almost a week ago. president obama is focused on the stalemate with congress over averting the fiscal cliff, but he's just not talking to house republicans about it. at the white house, he discussed the issue with a bipartisan group of governors. >> i know that the president wants a deal and he didn't try to handicap it. >> reporter: earlier this week, he told so-called middle class americans on twitter, keep pressure on congress. he's even ventured outside the beltway rallying supporters to do just that. >> i'm going to be asking for you to be making your voices heard. >> reporter: why isn't he calling speaker boehner? >> we speak frequently. >> reporter: when will the two of you sit down in a room? >> i don't think the issue right now has to do with sitting in a room. >> reporter: in part, the white house was burned with the negotiations in 2011 when lots of meetings failed to stave off a fiscal nightmare. but there's another strategy at play. some in the administration say they learned in the first term the best way to break washington stalemates, rally the publ
of the house john boehner is placing all the blame on president obama for another week lost in the race to stop the country from going over the fiscal cliff. what the speaker didn't say in a news conference today could potentially be very significant. let's bring in our senior congressional correspondent, dana bash. >> reporter: reckless was the strong word the speaker used to describe timothy geithner's statement that he is willing to go over the cliff if republicans don't give on tax rates for the wealthy. i am told by a congressional source familiar with the talks they only had four, four staff level negotiations on the issue of the fiscal cliff, and that's why the speaker says the president is slow walking the issue. the house speaker ended the week with a progress report. none. >> when it comes to the fiscal cliff that's threatening our economy and threatening jobs, the white house has wasted another week. >> reporter: he and the president spoke by phone only once all week and it didn't produce much. >> just more of the same. it is time for the president if he's serious to come back with a
. it could block her promotion has secretary of state if president obama -- the food fight over rice not so much. >> susan rice misled the american people. she didn't tell them the truth despite the evidence that's available to her. >> what's the other big story of the week? susan rice where they are wrongfully attacking a person who has done nothing wrong. >> the republican smear campaign continues as more senators pile on. >> was the coverage fair to rice? joining us now in new york is kelly. kelly, isn't it odd for the press to beovering a nomination that hasn't happened based on closed door meetings between susan rice an senators where we don't know what was said? >> in a word, yes. it's very odd. it's not odd if you look at it through the lens of some of the partisanship and the partisanism in the coverage. originally we had fox news really trying to push this cover up and turn it into a big election related scandal. the petraeus story got more coverage than should have in an era that we have the economy and americans out of work. this is the next leg of that with the conservative medi
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